The Shine Dome (named after Professor John Shine) is home to the Australian Academy of Science. A Canberra landmark since its construction in 1959, the Shine Dome has received numerous awards and is one of seven projects the Royal Australian Institute of Architects has nominated to the World Register of Significant Twentieth Century Architecture.
The dome - roof, walls and structure combined - dives down into the still water of its moat to give the sense that it is floating.
Designed by architect Roy Grounds, the building was described as being of "unconventional, futuristic design". It is popularly known as the Martian Embassy - a very apt nickname given that is was created in the visionary scientific era of Sputnik, the first artificial satellite to orbit the Earth.